The Lowdown on Gearing Up for Summer Camp

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Having Fun – Building Skills – Making Friends

You know the importance of summer learning. If your summer plans are not already in place, it’s time to figure out how you will defeat the “summer slide” this year. It’s time now to start planning your family’s summer schedule.

Working at play…what summer camp is all about!

Find a Program

To maintain and enhance your child’s academic and developmental growth over the summer, learn how to Find the Right Summer Camp.

Summer vacation often poses a challenge for parents of children with special needs.

You’ll find a comprehensive listing of Directories and Resources on this page.

Look for activities that offer positive and rewarding experiences to foster independence and self-esteem.

Some camps:

  • are free
  • offer scholarships
  • are for military children
  • are designed specifically for children with special needs
  • are highly structured, others have a more relaxed environment

Why Does Fun Matter?

National Summer Learning Association says, “Invest in summer learning to help close the achievement gap.”

“All children and youth should have access to high-quality summer learning experiences to help them succeed in college, career, and life.” Read the research.

Bridging the Gap with Reading

RIF tells us by the end of 6th grade children who lose reading skills over the summer will be 2 years behind their classmates.

Summer reading can bridge the gap over the school holiday when kids can forget up to 30% of what they learned during the school year.

Get the Association for Library Service to Children 2017 Summer Reading List.

More about Reading at Wrightslaw.

DIY: Find a Summer Tutor or Program

DIY: share interesting book projects, develop an activity journal, take fun field trips to discover math and science facts. Find hundreds of summer activities you can do with your child.

Plan tutoring sessions to keep your child ‘tuned in’ to learning throughout the summer. Or, find a summer tutor or program on the Yellow Pages for Kids.

Summer Reading for Parents

Parents: Resolve to read one book a month (or more) this summer.

You’ll find a great book list and information about the Wrightslaw “Book a Month” plan in the Advocate’s Bookstore.

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